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Crate Training, in my opinion, is the only way to go. The crate is their own sanctuary and you can have peace of mind when they are in there. If your dog has separation anxiety or is a puppy, they like to chew and destroy, and it is much less expensive to get a dog crate than having to buy a new couch, rugs, shoes, walls, remotes…etc. We have had a lot of success with Lacy and her crate. She loves it!
Crate training is a practice that uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal.
There are good reasons for crate training:
- Provides a safe space
- Helps with potty training (dogs don’t like to soil their den)
- Safety at home when alone or at night
- Safer and easier for traveling (a dog has a better chance of surviving a car accident)
- Less destruction around the house
- Dogs love their own sanctuary
- Easier to control the dog when you have visitors
- Helps dogs with separation anxiety
If you plan to crate your dog during the day it’s important to remember to let them outside first thing when you get home. They need exercise just like we do and will need to go potty!
Crate train your dog:
- Start with introducing them to the crate. It should always be associated with something pleasant for them. Start slow. Make sure you don’t make the introduction a traumatic experience! To help them feel at ease add one of your old shirts in there for familiarity and comfort. Don’t lock the crate or leave them alone when first introducing them.
- Exercise your dog before crating them so they are tired.
- Feed your dog inside the crate to get them more comfortable.
- Get your dog used to spending longer periods of time in the crate. Working up to leaving them in overnight.
- Always take them potty right before and immediately after crating them up.
- Never leave them in the dog crate over 8 hours day after day, on a regular basis. That is not fair. There are Doggie Day-cares or people that would walk them for you!
With consistency your dog will learn that their crate is a safe place and you will have peace of mind.
Update is that we currently we have 4 dogs that are 2 years old and younger. So we have 2 crates and they are right next to each other in the family room. Keeping them close to us is important but so is keeping them safe and out of trouble. They don’t mind going in there for naps and as they get older, they won’t need it as much. We have 2 that like to chew and eat everything right now! Jesse Jr eats everything she can, so we have to be careful with her and watch her at all times. The crate is a lifesaver!
I hope you found this helpful! Good luck with all your dog training!
Dog Bless ~ The Dog Connection